Viceroy's House

Viceroy's House

DVD - 2017
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The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : IFC Films, [2017]
ISBN: 9786317084506
6317084505
Branch Call Number: DVD V
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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video file,DVD video,region 1

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CaptainHecto
Mar 22, 2019

This is a well-intentioned treatment of the partition of British India at the moment of independence in 1947. It inserts into the political drama a star-crossed (and jejune) Hindu Romeo/Muslim Juliet romance just in case we are too dim to understand that this is the story of a tragedy. The screenplay inflicts many a groan-inducing cliché on the main characters, but these old pros (Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, David Hayman ) soldier on. The outstanding job is done by Gillian Anderson, whose pitch perfect portrayal of Edwina Mountbatten is a revelation. Worth seeing for her masterly performance (and for the pageantry of the Raj at its end), but that's about it.

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dirtbag
Mar 01, 2019

This had a few over-acted false moments but the majority of the movie was excellent. I especially loved the actors who played the leaders (Sinnah, Nehru and Gandhi). This is a fantastic movie.

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akirakato
Feb 15, 2019

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The DVD forces you to watch all the trailers, but it refuses to show the main feature.
Annoying!

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camster6
Jan 02, 2019

Excellent movie, well worth watching. Wonderful sub plot which mirrored the main theme. It was a difficult time and in the end the Director did capture the overall plan to "divide and conquer". Scenery was grand and I cannot believe the number of extras.

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dsw3914
Nov 02, 2018

Very interesting movie. I know very little about this event other than it did happen so will assume it is a decent portrayal of how things happened. This seems like it is such a huge subject that it would have been better to try to go with 8 or 10 episodes rather than 100 or so minutes. That is not nearly enough time to go into any depth at all on such a big subject.

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2018

Similar viewing experience as lavasushi who commented on Feb 18, 2018. On the other hand, the film began with the quote: “History is written by the victors.” And for this Hollywood/BBC film, written by its writer, director and producer Gurinder Chadha. Like to add that the only confirmed truth were the suffering of the people and those newsreel footage of real historic events and peoples in that momentous year 1947.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 28, 2018

A somewhat clinical film exploring how the UK went about granting India independence a short time after the end of WWII. The land was divided into two countries, India and Pakistan. A million citizens died in the skirmish of the people as they fled to the country they wanted to be a part of.

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calvoer
Jun 24, 2018

Interesting subject, grand production, but trite and simplistic in its treatment of history.

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INVS
May 03, 2018

This was a random choice for me and what an education I received. Despite knowing just enough about his time period to be dangerous, I now realize how little I really comprehended from other films or history books. Religion, a mean, hateful endeavor upon one's fellow human. Everyone thinks their belief in 'god' is the only path and this shows otherwise. Humans simply cannot live in peace with one another.

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lavasushi
Feb 18, 2018

Wow. Not a warm fuzzy for the cold, calculating, passing the buck, conquer, rule then flee, British. I enjoy these kinds of films because I am unfamiliar with what happened. I understand it’s not a documentary, but Pakistan’s formation was very difficult and this story was told by someone with family involved. Important and somber showing the division by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking.
I’m not buying the love story part though.

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